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- Contact information
- Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest - Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters
4125 Cty Hwy M
Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Camping and Recreation Questions:
Crystal Lake Ranger Station:
Clear Lake Ranger Station:
715-385-3355 ext. 110
8770 Hwy J
Woodruff WI 54568
715-356-5211 ex 225
715-358-2352 - Fax
Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsNorthern Highland American Legion State Forest
Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.
Superintendent Steven Petersen, welcomes you to the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and highlights the many offerings on the property.
- Welcome message
- Welcome message
- NHAL Trail iPhone App
- Hidden in Plain Sight, an article highlighting the NHAL State Forest
The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest is located in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties, in heart of the Northwoods near the cities of Woodruff and Minocqua. It is approximately four hours northeast of Minneapolis and four hours north of Madison.
The forest is spread out across three counties. For directions to the individual campgrounds, please see camping.
NHAL ranger stations GPS coordinates
- Clear Lake Ranger Station
- Crystal Lake Ranger Station
A vehicle admission sticker is required for all family campgrounds and posted fee beach and picnic areas. A trail pass is required for all groomed cross-country ski trails and mountain bike trails. Hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees are updated annually.
Certain groups and individuals may be eligible for waivers on vehicle admission, trail pass or camping fees.
Volunteer campground host openings
The NHAL is looking for campground hosts to set an example by being a model camper, assist and inform campers of regulations, help keep the campground presentable, assist with nature center programs and assist visitors with campfire wood bin procedures. If interested in this volunteer position, please call Joe Fieweger at the Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters at 715-385-3355 ext. 119.
Maps and pubs
Groomed cross-country skiing
Snowshoeing and skijoring
Management and business
Northern Highland American Legion State Forest master plan
Completed in 2005, the NHAL State Forest master plan reflects years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are included in the plan, as well as documents used during the plan's development.
Public involvement in state forest management, operations and monitoring is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.
Timber sale program
The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber sales are advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest.